Phew - what a day! 81 visitors today including 8 children.
An overcast day but it remained warm and dry and the visitors just kept coming. It seems that word had travelled around the village of Combe Martin regarding the amazing excavation being carried out at Mine Tenement, and today it was mostly villagers which attended the site.
The children once more really enjoyed themselves in their digging area, and each was sent home with a bag of pottery sherds (all out of context sherds), all neatly labelled with the approximate date of manufacture, and where they were manufactured. The children were thrilled.
Adults continued to ask a myriad of question, and fortunately we were able to answer most. Probably the most rewarding part of the day were the comments of an elderly couple who I showed around with the last party. They both took me by the hand and held it so very warmly. "Thank you so much. We have lived in this village for 50 years, and we never ever realised the extraordinary history that you have shown us today. It has been the finest day out that we have had for many a year."
That is what National Archaeology Week is all about!
http://www.cmsmrps.org.uk - a community archaeology initiative.